Hacking Award Seats to South America – All 132 Routes

Consider GIG-GRU, EZE-MDZ and LIM-CUZ are 4,500 avios, but can be upwards of $500 cash fares due to taxes.

Given our past attention to places farther from home, we round out the next part of this series with a look at award seats and routes to South America. Part 1 - Hacking Award Seats to Europe - All 403 Routes Part 2 - Hacking Award Seats to Asia - All 177 Routes Part 3 - Hacking … [Read more...]

Visiting China without a Visa for 72 Hours

China TWOV

When I took my sister to Southeast Asia for the first time last month, I wanted to visit several new destinations. Hong Kong was still on the list. We just connected through Bangkok without leaving the airport. But Chiang Mai, Siem Reap, Shanghai, and Macau were all new to me. In fact, any … [Read more...]

Hacking Award Seats to Europe: All 403 routes!

Star Alliance has 42% of all routes, with UA, AC and LH providing the most seats. DL, AA, US and BA together fly 2 of out 3 routes over the North Atlantic.

I’ve been helping a friend plan a trip to Istanbul and back this July. We booked the outbound months ago, but getting back to San Francisco has been a bear. UA.com and the ANA search tool were coming up empty for days in either direction on ANY transatlantic flight on ANY star alliance … [Read more...]

How to Buy American Airlines Miles in a Hurry

Buy AA miles

When I was traveling in Asia last week with my sister, we were fortunate to fly out on Cathay Pacific in first class. The route from SFO to HKG was a great choice: Katherine lives in the Bay Area, and it's one of the few where Cathay still operates a Boeing 747. Unfortunately we didn't … [Read more...]

The Best Airports in Asia for 23-Hour Layovers

kuala lumpur

We've covered stopping for 23-Hour layovers in cities across North America and Europe, now we're going to take a look at the top 32 airports in Asia. Exacerbating the trend we saw in North America, Asia is a land of extremes, with some airports offering cheap, convenient access to their … [Read more...]

An Even Better AAdvantage Award to Africa

LAX-DFW on American, DFW-DOH-JNB on Qatar Airways, JNB-PLZ on British Airways/Comair

Last week, Seth at the Wandering Aramean posted "A better AAdvantage award to Africa," where he discussed getting around American's award routing rule restriction to Africa by using Qatar Airways. American Airlines usually only allows travelers to transit Europe on the way to Africa, which … [Read more...]